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Justice takes over challenge to late military absentee votes (access required)

The U.S. Justice Department replaced John McCain’s presidential campaign last week as the plaintiff in a lawsuit demanding that Virginia election officials count late absentee ballots from military personnel serving outside the state. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams ruled ...

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Lobbyist spending available on public access project (access required)

Lobbyists’ activities and spending in Virginia are now available online in a database based on annual disclosure documents. The database was created by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project and can be accessed on the group’s campaign finance Web site, ...

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Court of Appeals to hear actual innocence writ (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has decided to hear oral arguments in a former Navy SEAL trainee’s bid to be exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for a murder he claims he didn’t commit. Dustin Turner is seeking a ...

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Budget woes detailed for house committee (access required)

ROANOKE—In dismaying detail, legislative budget writers got their fullest look last week at a darkening fiscal crisis that will soon force them to cut government priorities once held harmless. “You are at the juncture where all the low-hanging fruit is ...

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Altria, Philip Morris USA plan job cuts (access required)

NEW YORK—Altria Group, the owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, confirmed last week that it has started to cut jobs because of the widespread economic turmoil. A spokesman declined to say how many cuts would be made but said ...

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Prosecutors seek to move sheriff’s trial to Roanoke (access required)

HARRISONBURG—Federal prosecutors are seeking to move Page County Sheriff Daniel W. Presgraves’ trial on racketeering and other charges to U.S. District Court in Roanoke. In a motion filed last week in Harrisonburg, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the jury pool ...

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Official: Richmond deck that collapsed didn’t have permits (access required)

A building official in Richmond says a deck that collapsed and injured 21 people wasn’t properly permitted or constructed. Commissioner of Buildings Arthur Dahlberg says his office found no building permit on file for the second-story wooden deck attached to ...

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Harrisonburg’s Domonoske honored for legal aid work (access required)

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched its new John Kent Shumate Jr. Advocate of the Year awards by recognizing two Virginians who have worked to enhance the rights of the downtrodden. Harrisonburg lawyer Tom Domonoske works primarily on auto ...

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Ex-FBI agents ask clemency grant for the ‘Norfolk Four’ (access required)

Thirty retired FBI agents have joined former justice officials and others in urging Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to grant clemency to four former sailors convicted in the rape and murder of a Norfolk woman in 1997. The former agents – ...

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W&M, VCU team to help veterans with disability claims (access required)

The College of William and Mary law school and Virginia Commonwealth University are teaming up to help veterans with their disability claims and to offer them mental-health services. The Veterans Benefits Clinic will assist military members with service-related disability compensation ...

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